Spurned husband Kevin Fiore smashed up Werrington home
BANKRUPT Kevin Fiore vandalised his marital home in an act of revenge on his estranged wife.
The 56-year-old trashed furniture and wrote on the walls at the couple's house in Alan Dale, Werrington.
Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard Fiore's relationship with his wife Katrina broke down in March last year, and she moved out of the house while he remained.
Fiona Cortese, prosecuting, said: "On September 10, Mrs Fiore received a text message that said, 'There's nothing left, it's all trashed'.
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"As a result, Mrs Fiore went to the address and found various things had been damaged."
The court heard Fiore had written 'Kev's half' on furniture in the living room, and torn down the ladder leading to the loft.
The bathroom had been vandalised, with writing on the wall, fixtures removed from the walls and damage to the door.
In a bedroom, Fiore had damaged a wardrobe and two sets of drawers, and had cut a dressing table in half.
The total cost of the damage was £5,184.
The next day, Fiore sent another text message to his wife, with whom he has a son, apologising for what he had done.
He was arrested and admitting causing some of the damage when he was interviewed by police.
He told them he had 'lost it' and everything had gone wrong.
The court heard he had approached an estate agent about selling the property, and was told the garage, utility room and loft conversion would have to be demolished before the house could be sold, because they had been built without planning permission.
Fiore, whose last conviction was more than 20 years ago, pleaded guilty to criminal damage.
Colin Drew, mitigating, said his client was suffering from depression.
He told the court: "He is bankrupt. His total bankruptcy is approximately £62,000.
"He was a self-employed builder.
"He is out of work at the moment. He is signed off by his doctor because he has been suffering from depression.
"He lives with his grown-up daughter, who effectively keeps him."
Judge Mark Eades handed Fiore, of Quarry Close, Werrington, a two-year supervision order.
He said the case should have been sentenced in the magistrates' court.
"This was a piece of revenge upon your ex-partner," he said.
"It was mean and unpleasant but, at the end of the day, it was only property, and the value falls firmly in the magistrates' court bracket.
"Therefore I'm going to be mindful of the magistrates' court guidelines."
Judge Eades said he would not award compensation because of Fiore's financial situation.